MTA is ‘a very football eccentric school’

Mount Allison adds a AFLer to their team.

In high school, Brendan Seymour, a defensive lineman from Leo Hayes High School, suffered a severe injury. It slowed him down but didn’t stop him from working hard and getting an offer from the Mount Allison Mounties.

After being chip-blocked in grade 11, Seymour broke both bones in his right forearm. He required surgery and now has two inserted plates and 12 screws. He recovered and emerged stronger than before, and the Mounties took notice.

Courtesy of Brendan Seymour.

“The reason I chose Mount Allison was just the sense of community and it’s a very football eccentric school,” Seymour said. “Everyone I met when I went for my tour was closer than any other school I had visited, and it just stuck with me.”

Seymour is a three-time representative of Team New Brunswick and started in the 2016 Football Canada Cup. His time with the provincial team has given him a preview of the Mounties’ coaching staff. Chris Hopkins was the head coach of the under-18 edition of Team New Brunswick in 2016. “I love the guy,” Seymour said. “I love the coaching staff.”

He added that he also met Terry Tait, the Mounties’ offensive line coach, in 2016. “(He has) a bit of a wild personality, but a great coach,” he said. “(And) Gaetan Richard is their offensive coordinator and he is one of the most genuine guys I have ever met, not to mention he knows just about everything on the offensive side of the ball.”

Seymour started his career with the Devon Knights before joining the Devon Wildcats for two seasons. In 2012, he was named offensive lineman of the league. He also won a provincial championship with the Wildcats in 2013. The following year, he joined the Leo Hayes Lions junior varsity squad (New Brunswick High School Football League) where he won two provincial championships. In 2014, he was the Lions’ most outstanding defensive lineman.

After playing with the Lions varsity team, he joined the University of New Brunswick Red Bombers (Atlantic Football League) in 2017. The 6’5, 300lbs right tackle helped the team capture the Moosehead Cup last season. He is also a two-time NBHSFL defensive all-star and the 2016 NBHSFL defensive lineman of the league.

Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Seymour will be transferring into Political Science at Mount Allison.

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